Alright students, job seekers, those who are looking to advance in your career, or even those of us who are looking to learn or improve upon a career skill—that likely includes every last one of us! I come bearing good news and a great resource.
Let’s ask ourselves: What exactly is my goal or ambition as it relates to my career? What is it that I want?
Maybe your response is to simply and quickly attain a first or subsequent job, or perhaps it’s to
- enhance your job performance,
- to learn best practices,
- to learn a new skill and increase your marketability,
- to gain mentorship,
- to share your expertise with others,
- to become more visible in your field,
- to meet like-minded individuals,
- to network, or
- to get inspired/get out of a work-rut.
I’m here to implore you to consider attending a professional conference in order to conquer your objective. You see, the benefits of attending a professional conference are far-reaching and certainly facilitate attaining the above goals.
If you’re interested in diving deeper, David Ballman shares a number of benefits to attending professional conferences as well as suggestions for how an individual who is blind or visually impaired can get the most out of a conference, in his blog post, "Attending Professional Conferences: How It Can Boost Your Career."
Check it out; recognize a few surprising advantages of making the effort to attend a professional conference; learn how to have a successful, profitable conference experience; and crush that career goal!
American Foundation for the Blind Leadership Conference 2018
Sow Seeds to Harvest Employment: A Letter to Career-Seeking Individuals Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired